Guide to the Charles and Elizabeth Peck Collection of Pacific Northwest Coast Indian Artifacts circa 1970s
Cage 671a

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Peck, Elizabeth Tuckwiller, 1918-
Title
Charles and Elizabeth Peck Collection of Pacific Northwest Coast Indian Artifacts
ID
Cage 671a
Date [inclusive]
circa 1970s
Extent
6.0 boxes
General Physical Description note
9 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains artifacts, mainly Pacific Northwest Coast Indian baskets and drums, related to the papers, audio recordings, and other materials in the Charles and Elizabeth Peck Collection of Northwest Coast Indian Life, 1958-2000 (Cage 671).

Preferred Citation note

[Item description] Charles and Elizabeth Peck Collection of Pacific Northwest Coast Indian Artifacts, circa 1970s (Cage 671a)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

(From the collection guide for Cage 671, the Charles and Elizabeth Peck Collection of Northwest Coast Indian Life, 1958-2000.)

Charles Peck was born May 22, 1914, in Hazard, Kentucky. He graduated from West Virginia University School of Forestry in 1939 and received a master’s degree in public administration and economics from the University of Colorado in 1963. In 1967 he joined the Agricultural Extension Service at Washington State University as an Information Specialist. He served as a county extension agent for WSU in Cowlitz, Mason and Spokane counties. In 1970 he produced a series of photographs expressing the meaning of responsible land use management, with the Queets River basin serving as the site for his study.

Elizabeth (Tuckwiller) Peck was born in 1918. She graduated from West Virginia University with an A.B. in Music Education in 1939. In April of 1970 Charles and Elizabeth moved to Queets, Washington, for a planned six-month sabbatical leave. Their six-month sojourn lasted 17 years. As Charles said:

"Little did we know that the central issue of the sabbatical would swiftly gravitate to trying to develop a comfortable and lasting rapport with the Quinault Indians of Queets, and to learn something of their culture. We were to find such work often sobering and difficult, but always exciting. We were to find trust developing slowly. But finally were able to make friends with the generous and gifted people."

While in Queets they lived among the Pacific coast Native American tribes of Washington State, documenting and recording their history and music. Elizabeth’s musical interests helped ease fears among tribal elders that their musical heritage would, in short order, become irretrievably lost: she preserved and documented some of this heritage in hundreds of hours of recorded material and in the work she did for her master’s thesis, “Songs of the Bogachiel.” There she attempted to understand the power of a family song from a Quileute point of view, focusing on the role of song ownership.

She received her master’s degree in 1973 from Washington State University Department of Music. Elizabeth also taught at the Queets-Clearwater school and was an avid seamstress.

Charles photographed a variety of subjects, but he especially enjoyed photographing Indian children. He published some of those photos in an ABC book for children. His photos have been displayed throughout the Northwest, including Portland and Seattle. In addition to his photography he became known on the reservation for his drum-making skills and as an avid fisherman.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains artifacts, mainly Pacific Northwest Coast Indian baskets and drums, related to the papers, audio recordings, and other materials in the Charles and Elizabeth Peck Collection of Northwest Coast Indian Life, 1958-2000 (Cage 671).

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Arrangement note

The artifacts are grouped by object type. The quotations in the descriptions for the baskets and deer hooves are taken from Elizabeth Peck’s notes (included in Box 6). The item numbers reflect the current arrangement of the collection. The basket and drum numbers are the original numbers assigned by Peck.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

http://www.libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Elizabeth Peck donated this collection to the Washington State University Libraries in 2001. These artifacts are related to the papers, audio recordings, and other materials in Cage 671, the Charles and Elizabeth Peck Collection of Northwest Coast Indian Life, 1958-2000.

Processing Information note

This collection was processed in 2005 by Cheryl Gunselman, Manuscripts Librarian.

The images included in this guide were taken by Michael Walpole, graphic designer, in conjunction with the processing of the collection.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Charles and Elizabeth Peck Collection of Northwest Coast Indian Life, 1958-2000 ( Cage 671)

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)

  • Peck, Charles, 1914- --Archives
  • Peck, Charles, 1914-
  • Peck, Elizabeth Tuckwiller, 1918- --Archives

Subject(s)

  • Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America -- Music.
  • Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America -- Religion.
  • Indians of North America -- Northwest Coast of North America -- Social life and customs.
  • Music
  • Native Americans
  • Quileute Indians -- Music.
  • Quileute Indians -- Religion.
  • Quileute Indians -- Social life and customs.
  • Quileute Indians.
  • Religion
  • Washington (State)

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Other Finding Aids note

A detailed collection inventory, including images of the objects, is available here.

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General note

The images included in this guide were taken by Michael Walpole, graphic designer, in conjunction with the processing of the collection. Additional images (slides and/or photographic prints) of many of these items are also included in Cage 671.

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